At the beginning of the reformation, Martin of Basel came to a knowledge of the Truth; but, afraid to make a public confession, he wrote on a leaf of parchment:
“O most merciful Christ, I know that I can be saved only by the merit of Thy blood. Holy Jesus, I acknowledge Thy sufferings for me. I love Thee! I love Thee!”
Then he removed a stone from the wall of his chamber and hid it there. It was not discovered for more than a hundred years.
About the same time, Martin Luther found the Truth as it is in Christ. He said:
“My Lord has confessed me before men; I will not shrink from confessing Him before kings.”